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Nigeria @ 54: Politicians Getting Richer, A Bad Omen-Atiku


Former Vice President has observed that after 54 years of independence,

the ordinary Nigerians are still lamenting what independence meant to

their lives because of the widening gap between the leaders and the

In a statement issued in Abuja by his media office, the former Vice

President noted that many Nigerians were concerned about how democratic

governance has changed the quality of their lives for the better.

He regretted that the rate at which poverty is ravaging Nigeria is

inconsistent with the vast resources available to Nigeria.

According to him, the country's wealth does not automatically lead to

better life if good governance is lacking.
Atiku said the rate at which unemployment is accelerating among Nigeria's

youth, creates youth restiveness, which itself lead to other social crises

such as armed robbery and other violent crimes.
At 54, he said, Nigeria should have counted among countries that have

lifted its citizens out of poverty.
The former Vice President also noted that a situation where the leaders

are getting richer at the expense of the people while the ordinary

citizens are becoming poorer is a bad omen for the country.

He recalled that even before the current grim security challenges,

poverty, disease, hunger and unemployment were dominant features of the

country's challenges of development.
As the sixth largest oil producer in the world, Atiku insisted that

Nigeria has no excuse for failing to lift its people out of poverty.

He argued that there is a correlation between the quality of the country's

leadership and the quality of good governance. According to him, “we

should not expect individual leaders to rise above their own level of

competence. Those seeking elective offices must be adequately prepared for

leadership; they must be people with vision and commitment.”

Atiku Abubakar warned that unfulfilled promises leads to disillusionment,

thereby creating disconnect between the leaders and the led.

On the country's unity, Atiku blamed politicians for playing up the ethnic

and religious differences for personal advantages. This attitude, he said,

puts the unity of the country under a severe strain.

The former Vice President, however, noted that Nigerians should not lose

hope in the country, stressing that the country could get out of the woods

if leaders are elected on the basis of their competences rather than

primordial considerations.
He said the consequences of misgovernance and poor leadership have no

ethnic and religious borders.
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tony Abuja | 9/30/2014 6:16:00 PM
The former v p is preaching good message for us, pls let him use his tongue and count his teeth, before anything, they stop this, he has been their what was his contributions to wards developing the youths. Now his is coming to advice the politician. (Nigerian must move forward ).God has open our eyes. God bless naija.
LE | 9/30/2014 9:15:00 PM
It is a pitty Nigerians do not know their rights because the politicians have crumped the education system that empower people to ask questions. Nigerian politicians are f**ls they travel to other parts of the word because they are block heads will never learn a thing. They are like snail that thing they will quench fire in the process die. Nigeria belongs to them too but they loot money to other countries and leave theirs undeveloped, all of you are supposed to be ashamed of yourselves from top to bottom. Nigeria demands an answer why roads are not built, electricity is not provided, no portable drinking water whern there is more than enough money for these things
CE | 9/30/2014 9:26:00 PM
All state in nigeria should function independently so each state can hold their governor and all sectors of the state accountable for things they are supposed to do for their community. Nigeria has forced it's citizens on exile and to you politicians your children are not coming back so do not thing you are dealing with the poor man alone. The poor angry man will rise a kill your you and your children because you have failed to let tha t country develop. And bear in mind when you die you will never be buried with any of the things you stole from Nigeria
CE | 9/30/2014 9:46:00 PM
The former vice president of Nigeria is a messenger of doom, his money has gone down and he is trying to come and steal some more. He was a failure from before, nothing good comes out of failures. Please give another person a chance because Nigeria did not take a step forward when you were there you think we have forgotten so soon
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